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Women on the Road, November 12, 2013
This is a wonderful book if you re on the fence about where to go and what to do there. . . . It s the perfect source of travel inspiration. It will make you dream.
GeekDad, November 12, 2013
"1000 Ultimate Adventures" will fill your travel wish list with adventures all over the world.
Luxury Travel Magazine, November 1, 2013
For those who want to journey to the world's greatest natural wonders or take the road trip of a lifetime, "1000 Ultimate Adventures" allows them to make their own list and hit the road.
CNN, October 4, 2013
Whatever your interests, there's an inspirational adventure for every taste and skill level in Lonely Planet's new book "1000 Ultimate Adventures."
BookPage, October 2013
Now, the company has pulled out all the stops with "1000 Ultimate Adventures", a book that challenges the fundamentally fearless traveler to go that extra frequent-flyer mile, live the dream, take the risk and finally do that extremely exciting thing in that wildly remote place.
About.com, October 2013
Adventure junkies looking for new places to explore and outlets to challenge their physical skills will find them in Lonely Planet's "1000 Ultimate Adventures" guidebook.
Refinery29, September 24, 2013
In addition to constant adventure inspiration, the book also picks out the world's top adventures for solo travelers and, as it turns out, there's a lot more out there for those of us who prefer to do things without the +1.
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Well answering the last question first -yes the locations are all over the planet - but there are some in Scotland like the Munros and Fort William's Ben Nevis
In his forward to the book, Alastair Humphreys says that, "the world is big that (he) will never reach the bottom of (his) wish list". Also, "don't make the mistake of reading this book without making the adventures of your choice happen"
I thought there would be many places listed that I had not visited -which I find there indeed are.
But...there are also quite a few places listed that I have been to. I have enjoyed some of these places -like Yosemite's El Capitan (#115 in the book) - having just come back from my fourth visit in 10 years. I reflected on 2 things about this location versus the book.
I did lots of trail walks, enjoyed Vernal Falls in full flow. We were out every day and loved it -without climbing the biggest granite rock in the world. So you can pick the venues mentioned in this book, and adapt them to suit your own lifestyle, physical strength and of course your budget. Going to Yosemite (via San Francisco) was not cheap. Also, you can visit a 1000 places once or for use Yosemite -the same place - several times. It's up to you
Looking at the book I have -in my own way - visited #4(Cairo), #21 (Mojave Desert)
#30 (UAE), #36 (Munros - well Ben Lowers anyway!), #35 (Appalachian mountains), #66(Grand Canyon), #123 (Manta Rays diving -Red Sea - also Dahab in 2014 also listed)#187 Chatsworth, #207 (Speyside), #251 (Skye), #271 (Bosporus), #277 (USA Great Lakes), #289 (Peak District Parks), #300 (Big Sur)and at least 40 other places.
You notice there are many parts of the world that I have not been, but you possibly have.
The book does the energy bit discussing mountain biking, diving, rock climbing, taking a raft down the rapids, ice climbing, zip lining, city hikes, girl only adventures (?), sand surfing, tower running (Ahh!),snow boarding, skiing,pilgrimages - like the Hajj in Saudi Arabia, hut-to-hut walks in Switzerland, Appalachian Trail and others (I just drove over it in the fall on my way to Pittsburgh - still a great experience!)
For locations in the USA I would also recommend the National Geographic's "10 Best of Everything National Parks" too
Overall, I think the Lonely Planet "1000 Ultimate Adventures" is a great source book to stimulate ideas of where to go. Whether it's to do that long surf ride off Big Sur or just to visit some fantastic place like the Gobi desert (#534)there is a great width of ideas in the book.
As we heard earlier you won't see all 1000 "before you die" but you can at least home in on one or two to start with!
As Alastair Humpreys concludes, "There is a wonderful world out there and this book is a fantastic appetiser (which it is). Let's Go"
So see what suits you and your pocket - and how you want to enjoy these places. Hanging over the precipice. Or, as me and my wife did on the Yosemite trails -looking up at brave souls who were half way up El Capitan and were pinned in for the night in a makeshift hammock on the rock's face ready to continue the following morning (well before we got out of bed!)
This excellent book contains a wide range of ideas and places, some of which I have done or been to, and some that I had intended to do but which had slipped from my consciousness. Even things that are not in this book but which I had intended to do at some point came back to me. Travelling through Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia, are on my list. So are diving with hammerhead sharks overhead, and possibly diving to see pillow lava being formed on the seabed. Whilst I doubt I will do further marine conservation projects (although I wouldn't rule it out completely), if the right environmental project came up, I might get involved. Some of these things are in this book, but not all, but the joy of such a book is to generate ideas in the reader and inspire people to go and do such things. For some of the things in the book, details are included of who runs such trips or how to follow up, but not for all. Glossy enough to use as a coffee table book, with plenty of pictures, this is a great ideas generator, but one that may require some Googling to follow-up on.
There are ideas in this book to suit pretty much anybody into more adventurous travel or activities. There are plenty of things in there that I wouldn't do now, and some that I probably wouldn't even have done in my early twenties. However, I have friends who do some of those things, and they would love this book too. I know what to get them for Christmas!
Highly recommended to those with an adventurous spirit.
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